The Boutique Georgian Old Bank House in the heart of Kinsale town is today celebrating their 5 star status which has been awarded by the AA. Uncovering excellence is the mainstay of Hospitality at the AA that is now recognized all over the world. Every hotel in the AA accreditation scheme has been personally visited by the Inspectors because they know that the Members trust their word. Old Bank House
Kinsale, well known for being the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, has now earned the title as the Wedding Capital of Ireland. Five of Kinsale’s most prestigious venues opened their doors recently for the official launch. The venues came together under the banner of ‘Love Kinsale’ to showcase Ireland’s most popular wedding destination. With the support of the Kinsale Chamber of Tourism, the venues, which include Acton’s Hotel, the Trident Hotel, The
THE Kinsale Age Friendly Town Programme, in conjunction with Kinsale Boules Club, has organised a boules game demonstration at the Kinsale Boules pitch on Tuesday 5th July at 2.30pm (weather permitting).
THIS summer, Kinsale student Erin O’Leary (16) gave up a week of her school holidays to join housing charity, Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s Summer Youth Build in Romania.
ONE the most exciting and spectacular weekends on the Kinsale events is The Blue Haven Kinsale Vintage Rally, taking place 6th to 9th of May. With over 120 amazing Vintage cars on display in Kinsale over the weekend, it really is a fun filled family weekend worth seeing.
THREE fishermen were rescued on Sunday night (April 10th) in gale force conditions by volunteer lifeboat crew from Kinsale RNLI. The 20 metre beam trawler was forced onto the rocks at Moneypoint, at the entrance to Kinsale harbour, around 1800hrs this evening.
A new series of five 45-minute radio documentaries about Kinsale will begin on Thursday, January 14th at 3.10pm and will be repeated on Saturdays at 5.05pm on 93.1 Life fm.The first programme can be heard on podcast.
First Irish-American couple choose Ballinacurra House and Kinsale to Host Ireland’s 1st Humanist Same Sex Wedding
AFTER the initial euphoria and groundbreaking Marriage Equality Referendum in May this year – the rush was on this week as couples exchanged vows after the equality laws became legal. Ireland’s first humanist (non-religious) same sex wedding took place in Kinsale at Ballinacurra House on Saturday, 21st November; the award winning private estate – where Raymond Davidson and Daryl Gunning completed the legalities.
FIVE popular Cork pubs, Four in West Cork, have secured listings in the 2016 Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide just published. They are Mary Ann’s (Castletownshend), Poacher’s Inn (Bandon), Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale) and Cronin’s (Crosshaven).
THE Mayor of County Cork Cllr John Paul O’ Shea recently launched “The Kin sale Age Friendly Town Plan” at the Blue Haven Hotel in Kinsale. The Kinsale Age Friendly Strategy has been up and running since 2014, when Kinsale became the only town in Cork County (and one of eight nationally) to be selected to take part in the Age Friendly Town Strategy for 2014/15.
Kinsale restaurant Bastion has been awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2016 just published. Michelin Bib Gourmand awards recognise those establishments that offer good food at affordable prices of €40 or less for a three-course meal.
CELEBRITY chef Martin Shanahan is promising a ‘party on the pier’ in Kinsale this Bank Holiday Saturday 1st August for the Kinsale RNLI Raft Race. Up to 30 rafts will take part in the race, starting at the Bulman Bar in Summercove at 5pm and finishing at the main slip by Kinsale pier between 5.30pm and 6pm.
THERE were wins for Fishy Fishy, Kinsale and the Ocean Restaurant at the Maritime Hotel Bantry at the annual Irish Restaurant Awards held in the Doubletree Hilton, Dublin recently.
THE 200 year-old Signal Tower at the Old Head is currently being restored to its former glory and will officially open to the public as a Lusitania Museum on May 7th 2015, on the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. The Museum will exhibit artefacts recovered from the wreckage of the ship on the top floor, and its parapet walk way will boast beautiful panoramic views of one
KINSALE Chamber of Tourism & Business launched its schedule of headline events for 2015 and new website www.kinsale.ie at a reception at Ballinacurra House sponsored by The Kinsale Gourmet Academy and Private Label Wines. As the start / finish point of the Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale has a lot to celebrate as it was recently awarded Failte Ireland’s “Best Small Tourism Town 2014” and was shortlisted “Top Irish Foodie Town
THE Kinsale Men’s Shed held their information evening last Thursday night at the Temperance Hall in Kinsale. The event was well attended by over 30 men. Committee member of the Kinsale Men’s Shed, Simon Toussifar said, “It was a great night, we weren’t expecting so many to turn up. There was a healthy mix of different aged men from their 20s up to their late 60s and 70s. Many of
MORE than a thousand people took to the streets of Kinsale at the weekend for the fourth annual Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk. The event has quickly become one of the highlights of the year in Kinsale with local businesses and streets decked out in pink especially for the event in aid of Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society.
ASM Frostbite Series 2015 KYC, Day 5 The forecast for the penultimate day’s racing indicated that there may not be any racing as winds of up to 40 knots were predicted. Many competitors failed to show up as they were convinced that racing would be abandoned.
KINSALE’S landmark four-star Carlton Hotel has been put on the market with agents Savills with a guide price of €4.25 million. The 70 bedroom hotel boats a scenic location overlooking Oysterhaven Bay just outside Kinsale and includes a 200 capacity ballroom, conference and banqueting facilities, a state-of- the- art leisure centre with a 20 metre swimming pool as well as 19 three-bedroom holiday houses fitted to a high standard.
On Wednesday 25th February 2015, at 8pm, in the Carlton Hotel in Kinsale, Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS) are hosting one of their monthly awareness talks, and they are delighted to confirm that Liam Doocey will be the keynote speaker on the night. He will be giving a presentation on ‘You Don’t Have to Know it All – Parenting in the Modern Era’.
A REPORT by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) into the sinking of the tall ship STV Astrid off Oysterhaven on July 24th 2013 has listed a catalogue of errors by the ship’s owners and operators that contributed to the vessel sinking. The Astrid was taking part in a flotilla from Oysterhaven to Kinsale as part of “The Gathering” tourism event that year but lost engine power soon after
KINSALE town centre is set for major improvements with the news that plans are being finalised for Cork County Council to purchase the car park between Pier Road and Long Quay. It has been a long-term aim for the council to purchase the underdeveloped car park in the heart of the town centre that is currently owned by NAMA, and West Cork Times understands that plans for the purchase are
Day 2 of the ASM KYC Frostbite Series saw typical frostbite weather, cold, bright, sunny with near perfect sailing conditions. The wind was 10 knots gusting to 12.5 from NNW. Each of the 5 fleets got 3 great races in shifting conditions which made it a great test for all competitors. Each of the fleets had close racing, especially the ever popular Squib Fleet.
DOCTOR Fergus Heffernan was the guest speaker at a talk on positive mental health in the Carlton Hotel in Kinsale recently. The talk was organised and co-ordinated by the Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS). Dr Heffernan is a leading educator in the area of stress management, and how it connects to our well being. Dr Heffernan has worked in a variety of conflict zones in the world, and he is
IMAGES of West Cork and Kinsale were beamed into the homes of more than 1.1 million Italians this recently, when an episode of MasterChef Italia – filmed here last summer – aired on Italian TV channel, Sky Uno.
The 2015 Sailing season kicked off recently at Kinsale Yacht Club. The annual ASM Frostbite Series commenced in lighter winds than forecasted. Race Officer John Stallard succeeded in running 3 races for each fleet. He described conditions as being ideal with an average wind speed of 11 knots in the first race with gusts of 15 knots, the second race averaged 13 knots gusting to 18 knots; however the wind
LOUISE O’Keeffe from Kinsale has been named as the Cork Person of the Year to mark her fight for justice for abused children in Ireland, over many decades. Louise was abused by her then-principal in a Cork primary school in the 1970s, when she was just eight-years-old. The government denied liability, forcing Ms O’Keeffe to take her landmark case through the Irish courts and finally ending up at the European
Cork Footballer Orla Finn (centre) with Antoinette Looney, runner Elaine O’Donoghue, Susan Farley and Fergus Wall from Kinsale TriClub pictured at the launch of the Kinsale TriClub 5km Santa Dash on the 14th of December during the turning on of the Christmas lights in Kinsale on Sunday. Proceeds go towards Kinsale Christmas lights and The Friends of Jamie Wall. Pic: John Allen
KINSALE has been named the 2014 Fáilte Ireland National Small Tourism Town; Westport in Co. Mayo was the winner in the large town category while Glengarriff was also a finalist. The award, now in its third year, recognises Irish towns and villages where the local community goes the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists.